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Obstacles to Homesteading- and how to get around them

By Amber | Jan 17, 2019 | 1 Comment
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  Here in the U.S., homesteading is on the rise. If you are thinking of making a change from your current lifestyle to a simpler life, you may face many homesteading obstacles. This is especially true of those who don’t have farming roots.

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20 Amazing DIY Gifts You Can Make- All for Under $1.00!

By Amber | Dec 12, 2018 | 0 Comments
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  20 Amazing DIY Gifts- All for under $1.00!

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4 Farm-Tastic DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas

By Amber | Oct 23, 2018 | 4 Comments
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Fall is my favorite time of year and the kids always liked to decorate for Halloween. Coming from a frugal family, decorations were made using things we had around the house. Thankfully, we have the Dollar Tree these days where we can make Farm-Tastic Halloween Decorations for just a couple of dollars. Here are 4…

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The BEST Tips & Tricks to Drying & Storing Firewood

By Amber | Aug 18, 2018 | 4 Comments
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When J was a little boy, many moons ago. He and his siblings were bringing firewood in without gloves and his little fingers were frostbitten. Even now, he has to be careful in the cold because his fingers will hurt badly if not kept warm.

Winter is fast approaching here in the panhandle of Idaho. The pass and upper elevation have already seen snow. I hope you’ve gotten all your wood stacked and dried.

If you’ve used wood as your heating or cooking source for any length of time, then you know the key to heat production is in properly drying and storing firewood.

We’ve want to share what we’ve learned with you over the years about drying and storing firewood.

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Choosing the Best Trees for Firewood

By Rhonda Crank | Aug 15, 2018 | 0 Comments
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If you’re going to put out the energy and time to cut, split, and properly store firewood, you want to know you’re being as efficient as possible. No use wasting valuable time when there might be an easier way, right? The question is, how do you know which are the best trees for firewood.

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Old Fashioned Farmers in a Modern Day

By Amber | Jul 13, 2018 | 5 Comments
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We are often asked why we call ourselves “New Old-Fashioned Farmers.” The answer of course is simple. We call ourselves this because we farm the way my grandparents taught me, like their parents taught them, at least in manner that is. Since we farm in a modern, tech filled world we have a some variances, but then every generation brings its own ideas, experiences, and talents to farming. Balance is the key to life.

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Homestead Household Tips From My Great-Grandmother

By Amber | Jul 12, 2018 | 83 Comments

When my great-grandmother, Ma Horton, died I was 13 and she was 85 years old. She left us with wonderful memories and many lessons for life. I have a rich farming heritage because of who they were and my grandparents teaching me all their parents taught them, but whether or not I remember it all is another story! 🙂

Some of Ma Horton’s wisdom has been handed down to us because her daughters wrote some of it down for those of us in the younger generations. These are a few of those tips that I use in my own home.

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Where Have All The Fireflies Gone? A forgotten pastime of our youth

By Amber | Jun 20, 2018 | 0 Comments
Where Have All The Fireflies Gone-a forgotten pastime of our youth.

Have you ever caught a firefly? I remember countless nights as a child, running through the fields with a mason jar trying to catch fireflies. Watching the jar filled with bugs with glowing bottoms for hours, then releasing them back into the fields only to start all over again. But where have all the fireflies…

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Back To Our Roots- The Modern Homesteader

By Amber | May 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

  Has something in your soul been calling you to get back to your roots? Do you have a strong desire to leave the fast-paced society and get your hands in the dirt? If so, you’re not alone. Thousands just like you are wanting to leave their 9-5 in search of a simpler life. To…

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DIY Hummingbird Food Recipe & Bonus Feeder Tip

By Amber | May 18, 2018 | 0 Comments
DIY Hummingbird Food Recipe & Bonus Feeder Tip to Keep Ants Away

  Hummingbirds have always fascinated me. Their ability to hover, their amazing speed, and how they appear to dance with the air. As long as I can remember, my grands and my ma had a red feeder hanging outside the window to attract hummingbirds. Little did we know back then that the red food dye…

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10 + Awesome DIY Fence Ideas

By Rhonda Crank | Jun 3, 2019 | 0 Comments
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With the rising costs of fencing supplies, we’re always on the lookout for cheap DIY fences. Fences don’t have to be complex or expensive to do the jobs. We have often made fencing from what we can find lying around the homestead or pick up for cheap. If you’re a determined, creative person, you can…

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Building A Chicken Coop- Everything You’ll Need

By Rhonda Crank | May 23, 2019 | 0 Comments
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So You Want to Build a Chicken Coop?  If you’re preparing to build your first coop, the question on your mind is probably something like, “What does a chicken coop need for chickens to thrive?” How to build a chicken coop and all the many features that can be built in or around them is…

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Low-Carb Potato Salad

By Amber | Mar 18, 2019 | 0 Comments
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Low-Carb Potato Salad, Same Great Taste Without Potatoes Potato Salad is almost a required side dish at every BBQ, Potluck, or family gathering. However, it is loaded with carbs which aren’t great for those of us on low-carb diets. I was tired with being limited with my options at gatherings so I created this Low-Carb Potato…

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How To Incubate Eggs

By Amber | Mar 11, 2019 | 0 Comments
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If you’re looking to increase your flock by adding new chicks, you may want to know how to incubate eggs. Incubating your own eggs is a way to inexpensively increase your flock. I raise heritage breed poultry because we practice natural selection. We’ve found the chicks hatched and raised by their mom’s are better birds. However, some people prefer incubating their own and that’s just fine. Knowing how to incubate eggs properly is essential to those who choose to do it.

Many of those who raise heritage breeds choose to incubate eggs instead of setting a hen. The joy they receive from watching the chicks hatch is important to them, after all a hen will not let you get too close!

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Old Fashioned Homemade Cinnamon Rolls With Cream Cheese Icing

By Amber | Feb 25, 2019 | 0 Comments
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Old Fashioned Homemade Cinnamon Rolls   Is there seriously any breakfast treat as delicious as old fashioned homemade cinnamon rolls right out of the oven?  NO. When I was a child, barely big enough to peer over the edge of the Hoosier cabinet, I remember wanting to help my mother roll out her Old Fashioned…

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Pros and Cons of Free Range Poultry

By Rhonda Crank | Feb 21, 2019 | 0 Comments
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Traditionally, there have been two schools of thought on the pros and cons of free-range poultry. The first is totally free-range freedom. This usually means an evening feeding of grain or other treat is used to lure the flock back to the coop for roosting. The other school of thought has been no free range…

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Two Old Fashioned Ways of Removing Skunk Odor-That WORK!

By Rhonda Crank | Feb 10, 2019 | 0 Comments
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  It’s winter which means your local skunk families have moved in closer to food supplies. These include your chicken coop, sheds, and barn. With these stinky creatures so close, it’s only a matter of time before the family dog gets sprayed or worse yet, the person who startles them. You can skip the tomato…

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Why We Traded Urban Living For Little House on the Prairie

By Amber | Feb 5, 2019 | 0 Comments
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  We grew up watching the Ingalls, but have you ever wondered what it would be like to live back then? We’ve been able to take the best parts from the Little House on the Prairie and incorporate them into our 21-century way of living. 

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Obstacles to Homesteading- and how to get around them

By Amber | Jan 17, 2019 | 1 Comment
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  Here in the U.S., homesteading is on the rise. If you are thinking of making a change from your current lifestyle to a simpler life, you may face many homesteading obstacles. This is especially true of those who don’t have farming roots.

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20 Amazing DIY Gifts You Can Make- All for Under $1.00!

By Amber | Dec 12, 2018 | 0 Comments
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  20 Amazing DIY Gifts- All for under $1.00!

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